Get a flu vaccine to protect our seniors.

Why even healthy people should get a flu shot: to protect your grandparents
[Via Vox – All]

A lot of young and healthy people think there’s no need to get a flu shot because they’re young and healthy. But one of the best reasons to get a flu vaccine is not to protect yourself, but to protect the elderly.

Check out this chart of flu deaths by age:

Flu-related deaths

The trend here is huge. Depending on the year, the flu kills between 3,000 and 50,000 US residents. (It’s a lot of deaths proportionally, too. Depending on the year, influenza and pneumonia are together about the ninth leading cause of death in the US.)

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Herd immunity is how vaccine protect all of us,especially those with lower immune systems.

20,000-40,000 deaths could be a thing of the past. Instead of freaking out over Ebola, why not really freak out about influenza?

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